College Football preview podcast: Week 4

FOX Sports South’s college football writers and guests offer a

weekly preview of the upcoming slate. This week, FOX Sports South

producer Kyle Payne joins the show to offer insight on Alabama-Texas

A&M, the Pac-12/Big 12 races and more. Here is the Week 4 preview,

featuring a few under-the-radar rivalry games and one showdown of ranked

West Coast programs:

Five Matchups to

Watch

Clemson at N.C. State (Thu.): This has

all the makings of a “Clemson Being Clemson” moment. N.C. State has

taken down Clemson and Florida State, respectively, in back-to-back

seasons. Can Tajh Boyd and the Tigers’ high-powered offense avoid the

letdown game this time around?

Tennessee at Florida: Two

SEC teams in desperate need of a pick-me-up win following lackluster

outings. Will Jeff Driskel ever put the Gators on the right track

offensively?

Michigan State at Notre Dame: Can the

Spartans continue to win games despite a fruitless attack? The defense

has been spectacular — even outscoring its offense by a wide margin —

but is it enough to overcome the reigning BCS runner-ups?

Arizona State at Stanford:

As strange as it may sound, this is the only game on the docket

featuring two ranked opponents. David Shaw’s Stanford program is one of

the nation’s best in recent seasons. Can Arizona State stake its claim

in the Pac-12 race?

Auburn at LSU: Other than the

end-of-season Iron Bowl matchup against Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide,

is there a better statement opportunity for Gus Malzahn’s Auburn

program? Probably not. However, LSU is riding a 28-game winning streak

in September home games — that’s a tall task.

Star

Watch

Jeff Driskel, Florida: Tennessee is not the biggest test, but it’s an opportunity to get back on track following a rocky performance in Miami?

Kevin Hogan, Stanford: Where does the sophomore rank in the Pac-12’s deep class of young QBs?

Alex Collins, Arkansas:

The frosh has posted back-to-back-to-back 100-yard games for the

Razorbacks. Can he do it again at Rutgers before the SEC slate picks up?

Kenny Guiton/Braxton Miller, Ohio State:

Will the Buckeyes really consider running a two-QB system? Florida

A&M could provide a convenient guinea pig. (Please let this happen,

Urban.)

Upset

Watch

— Should Wisconsin be on alert after last week’s letdown?

— Is there BCS buster potential in the Boise State-Fresno State matchup?

— Vanderbilt’s season is not off to the best start. Could UMass pull off the surprise?

— Could a high-scoring shootout in Louisiana-Monroe v. Baylor go against the ranked Bears?

 

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